Olympics

August 02, 2021 10:54 AM MDT
So far in Tokyo, four Latter-day Saints have each won a medal: one gold, one silver, and two bronze. Learn more about them and their stories below.
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August 01, 2021 08:05 PM MDT
Seven days ago, a headline on ESPN read, “MyKayla Skinner’s Olympic gymnastics experience did not have to happen this way.” It seemed that after dedicating the majority of her young life to the sport of gymnastics and after battling back from injury as well as COVID-19 in the last two years, Skinner’s Olympic dream was over after just one night of competition. It appeared she would return home before the Games were even finished. She described it as “devastating.” But on Sunday in Tokyo, Skinner became an Olympic silver medalist.
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July 26, 2021 01:43 PM MDT
Athletes from around the globe are getting ready to compete in the dream of a lifetime in Tokyo over the coming weeks, and among them are a handful of Latter-day Saints.
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By  Emily Abel
July 24, 2021 09:32 AM MDT
Benjamin Pachev hit the ground running after his mission—literally.
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July 23, 2021 05:27 PM MDT
Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle—it’s a swimming medley that would be intimidating to some, but for Jarod Arroyo, it’s his bread and butter. And this week, he has the chance to prove it at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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July 22, 2021 03:11 PM MDT
Athletes from around the globe are getting ready for the experience of a lifetime over the coming weeks—competing in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Here are just a few examples of these incredible athletes sharing their beliefs with the world.
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June 08, 2021 03:52 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint and former University of Utah gymnast MyKayla Skinner is one step closer to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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May 12, 2021 01:00 PM MDT
On November 14, 2019, MyKayla Skinner Harmer achieved a goal she has dreamed of since she was a little girl sitting in Primary. It was a goal she has worked toward her entire life.
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August 08, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
“You win some, you lose some.” “Hope for the best, expect the worst.” These are two clichés we’ve all heard, but on this week’s episode of All In, Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus Pace shared that she has made her own adjustments to both sayings. The changes to the traditional phrases reflect the skeleton athlete’s optimism and drive that carried her over hurdles and past setbacks onto the Olympic podium.
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February 28, 2020 03:00 PM MST
Rena Elmer is no stranger to trials—those of the painful, gut-wrenching variety and also those of Olympic size.
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April 30, 2018 02:45 PM MDT
After taking second in the Boston Marathon despite miserable running conditions, LDS runner Sarah Sellers is setting her sights on the 2020 summer Olympics.
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March 09, 2018 02:41 PM MST
Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton spoke at RootsTech last week about the importance of family and about overcoming trials. And he should know. He jokes that he has a hobby of "collecting life-threatening illnesses" and that he's a "short, bald, half-neutered, chemoed, surgically-repaired, retired male figure skater of unknown ethnic origin."
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By  LDS Living
February 26, 2018 03:59 PM MST
The Olympics are a time of unity and sportsmanship as the top athletes in the world compete against each other in demonstrations of skill, endurance, and strength. Several Mormons showed their talent as they've competed in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
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February 23, 2018 10:00 PM MST
From praying on an Olympic field to standing up for virtue and modesty, Latter-day Saint Olympians have let their talents and lights shine on the world stage since the beginning of the modern Olympics. Here are just a few of their remarkable stories.
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February 20, 2018 06:11 PM MST
LDS musicians made quite the appearance at the Olympic figure skating events this year, with music by the Piano Guys, Mormon Rob Gardner, and LDS singer April Meservy featured during performances by medal-winning Olympic athletes.
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February 16, 2018 10:03 PM MST
Before my first Olympic appearance, I was invited to attend an incredibly comprehensive social event known as the Media Summit. This national event attracts every newspaper, magazine, television broadcast, charity foundation, and webcast with any interest in sports, health, or fitness. Athletes expected to do well in the Olympics received invitations to attend, and we were asked to bring a variety of clothes to wear throughout the event. They wanted workout clothes, “Sunday best,” formal wear, competition gear and equipment, “going out” outfits, winter gear, and then basically anything else left in your closet after packing all of these items.
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February 15, 2018 01:00 PM MST
Olympians have inspired many over the years, including leaders of the Church. Here are a few whose names and stories have made their way into general conference talks.
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February 13, 2018 05:20 PM MST
Thanks to the Deseret News for making us aware of this story.
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February 13, 2018 12:16 PM MST
Over 100 LDS athletes have competed in the Olympics, with five competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. While many stood for their faith while they made history, there are some who were still searching for truth when they showed up on the world stage.
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February 09, 2018 11:01 AM MST
Did you know that Mormon Olympians have won three gold, ten silver, three bronze, and countless accolades for their countries as they compete to be the best at their sport? Over the years there have been some amazing LDS Olympic competitors. Take a tour through this rich history, and get to know them and their accomplishments below:
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February 08, 2018 04:31 PM MST
It's that time again where millions watch in awe as the best athletes in the world compete in tests of strength, endurance, and skill. As one of the eagerly watched signs that the Olympics are approaching is the ceremonial journey of the Olympic Torch.
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February 06, 2018 07:27 PM MST
Congratulations to all those headed to the Olympics this week!
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February 06, 2018 06:25 PM MST
The Church opened a Helping Hands Center just outside of PyeongChang on January 27. The center will be open until March 25 and will "provide visitors a place to rest from their travels, and introduce them to several church resources such as Family Search," according to BYU's The Daily Universe.
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January 31, 2018 03:19 PM MST
Although award-winning LDS singer April Meservy has always loved U2's "With or Without You," she never planned to make her own recording of it. Now, the spontaneous recording, which Meservy sang after a hard breakup, is the song Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will be ice skating to in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea this month.
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January 22, 2018 08:22 PM MST
After taking home the silver medal in skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Noelle Pikus-Pace retired. But with the 2018 Winter Olympics approaching, Pikus-Pace shares why she wouldn't trade her role as a mother to four for anything in the world.
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January 20, 2018 04:08 PM MST
Kaley Martin, a 19-year-old LDS athlete, is quickly making her way through the ranks of flatwater sprint canoe racing and may soon be one of the first to compete in the first-ever women’s canoe events in the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo.
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November 07, 2017 05:38 PM MST
Lindsey Stirling's semi-final-worthy performance on Dancing with the Stars last night was golden, in more ways than one.
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September 28, 2017 01:59 PM MDT
Ambrose Gaines IV, better known by his friends as "Rowdy," was one of the world’s fastest swimmers in the 1980s.
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August 09, 2017 02:39 PM MDT
Recently, the Deseret News carried a two-part story on Olivia Ekberg, an 18-year-old whose path to the Olympics led her down a road of psychological torment. But despite all she experienced, she still manages to find hope in Heavenly Father.
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February 15, 2017 09:04 AM MST
From monster truck driving to the Olympics and the NFL to the NBA, many famous athletes have found the gospel and discovered the fullness it brings to their lives. Here are just a few remarkable stories of athletes who have converted to the Church.
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January 07, 2017 05:00 PM MST
As part of a three-part series highlighting Christian, non-LDS keynote speakers from Texas A&M University at an LDS fireside, Aggieland Mormons published this inspiring piece about soccer olympian Stephanie Malherbe.
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September 19, 2016 01:27 PM MDT
Many Paralympians have competed with spectacular athletism at Rio de Janeiro this year. And among those who have competed with ferocity are a few Mormon athletes.
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September 13, 2016 02:00 PM MDT
With the 2016 Paralympics underway, LDS Paralympian Ann Yoshida shares her excitement heading into the Games, her motivation for continuing despite setbacks, and the balance she finds in work and faith.
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September 08, 2016 12:00 PM MDT
Brickelle Bro's hand slid into the water one last time just before she hit the pressure-sensitive timing device on the pool wall.
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September 07, 2016 03:00 PM MDT
Heading to Rio this year following several other LDS athleteswho competed in the 2016 Olympics are several inspiring Paralympic athletes. Learn more about these incredible athletes and how they have overcome difficulties to make it to the 2016 Rio Games.
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September 01, 2016 02:28 PM MDT
The first U.S. weightlifter to win an Olympic medal in 16 years, Sarah Robles, shares how recommitting to her LDS faith helped make her stronger in every aspect of her life.
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August 22, 2016 03:10 PM MDT
Now that another Olympic Games has passed, here are five athletes who took home a medal.
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August 20, 2016 12:30 PM MDT
Religion and God have played a prominent role in this year's Olympics, mainly because of the faith and examples of the athletes who have competed in them.
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August 17, 2016 01:34 PM MDT
The strongest woman in America and one of the strongest women in the world is showing girls everywhere that they can be healthy, successful, and love themselves at every size.
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August 15, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
In the sports world, Sunday is prime time for competitions. And the Olympics are no exception. With preliminaries, games, competitions, and finals all falling on Sundays, many Latter-day Saints are presented with a very personal choice as they come face-to-face with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in the pinnacle of sports competitions.
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August 13, 2016 03:15 PM MDT
Kerri Walsh Jennings and her teammate Misty May-Treanor form what has often been called the greatest beach volleyball team of all time. They won Olympic gold in 2004, 2008, and again in 2012, when Jennings was pregnant with her third child. She credits her children with that third gold medal and the strength she has now.
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August 12, 2016 06:50 PM MDT
On Saturday, July 30, LDS youth in Brazil participated in a special devotional in preparation for the world convening in their country for the XXXI Olympiad.
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August 10, 2016 09:09 AM MDT
Nearly 100 LDS athletes have competed in the Olympics, with another 14 participating in the 2016 Rio Games. While many stood for their faith while they made history, there are some who were still searching for truth when they showed up on the world stage.
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August 08, 2016 04:30 PM MDT
Manoel Bezerra carries around copies of the Book of Mormon in eight different languages to give away. In a job where he gets to connect and meet new people every day from all over the world, he always tries to find a meaningful way to share his faith with those who enter his taxi.
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August 08, 2016 03:30 PM MDT
Heading to Rio this year along with several other LDS athletesare three inspiring Paralympic athletes. Learn more about these incredible athletes and how they have overcome difficulties to make it to the 2016 Rio Games.
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August 06, 2016 02:15 PM MDT
What an incredible way Mormons have let their talents shine on the world stage.
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August 04, 2016 05:07 PM MDT
Dustin Williams, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is headed to Brazil to serve as the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Track and Field Team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
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August 04, 2016 12:40 PM MDT
Athletes from around the globe are getting ready to compete in the dream of a lifetime this Olympics, and among them are many Latter-day Saints.
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August 02, 2016 01:19 PM MDT
What would compel LDS father and son Daniel and Lincoln Markham to saw an authentic Rio 2016 Olympic Torch in half?
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July 30, 2016 04:21 PM MDT
Should religion play a role in the Olympics? Well this year it is in a surprising way.
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Fun
July 26, 2016 07:55 PM MDT
Coming in second is not an easy place for anyone to be in. Coming close but not quite living up to expectations—it's a feeling we are all familiar with and something gymnast Shawn Johnson had to grapple with in front of the entire world as she competed in the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games.
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July 14, 2016 07:30 PM MDT
Shaquille Walker has been a star since the second he stepped on campus at BYU. The middle distance runner came to college a two-time Georgia state champion in the 800 meter (half-mile) run, then proceeded to really excel—breaking school and national records and earning All-American Honors. Sadly for BYU fans, Walker recently announced he would forego his senior season and join a professional running team.
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July 11, 2016 04:30 PM MDT
Whether or not she competes in the upcoming Olympics, Mykayla Skinner has earned her spot on the USA gymnastics team.
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July 05, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
Meet the LDS paralympic athlete who just qualified for the 2016 Games in Rio.
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June 28, 2016 07:30 PM MDT
Recently, Team USA shared a video to their Facebook page of David Boudia and Steele Johnson's final dive that clinched their placement on Team USA.
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June 09, 2016 01:44 PM MDT
When a car ran a light, slamming into the side of the car Ann Yoshida was riding in, Yoshida was left paralyzed and with a brain injury that required her to be placed in a medically induced coma.
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June 08, 2016 08:15 PM MDT
"It was difficult," returned missionary Jackson Payne said. "I went into my mission not knowing if I would ever do [gymnastics] again. It was terrifying. It was scary, but at the same time, my religion is very important to me. I knew that if I put my trust into that decision it would work out."
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May 18, 2016 02:59 PM MDT
After winning medals at two international gymnastic meets in March, 19-year-old Mormon gymnast Mykayla Skinner has her eye on the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
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May 17, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
LDS Olympian Kate Hansen admitted that as a child, she did luge just to get out of class. She didn't really want to become a world champion or an Olympian.
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Fun
May 04, 2016 03:33 PM MDT
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir put together a list of 25 exciting questions that they are often asked, some involving well-known celebrities. Check out these fun facts you probably didn't know about "America's Choir."
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